Moving from the Margins
A Chicana Voice on Public Policy
Addressing immigration, education, health care, and economic and political concerns, Adela de la Torre provides a distinctly Chicana perspective that often differs from that of mainstream readers and voters. Drawn from the author's syndicated column in the Los Angeles Times along with writings from other publications, Moving from the Margins includes incisive and often provocative commentaries that provide insights into the roots of ethnic tensions in the Golden State.
The book also includes readers' reactions to the articles, creating a dialogue of ideas while confronting fears of what many Americans view as an alien culture. Whether addressing entitlements granted to noncitizens, the future of public schools, or access to health care, de la Torre challenges readers to move beyond their own frame of reference and consider new points of view. The issues she faces have shaped today's California—and they also lie at the heart of urban public policy in America for the twenty-first century.
"Recommend[ed] as a starting point for discussions in undergraduate and graduate classes in political science, sociology, and ethnic studies." —Multicultural Review
"Adela de la Torre was an effective, insightful, and articulate voice presenting an alternative to mainstream views in California in a period of political turbulence. The views presented in her columns published in this volume will provide students much to think about and discuss." —Journal of Social History